A Group Effort Brings Together a Baseball League for Individuals with Special Needs

The ACBA Champions League founded by Sherri Gifford is celebrating its 3rd year anniversary this season. Champions League is a baseball league for individuals with special needs. Gifford was inspired by her daughter who attended all of her brother’s sporting events, but never had a chance to participate.

Gifford helped spread the word of her newly developed organization through contacting pre-existing leagues such as GiGi’s Playhouse, and The River Valley Special Rec Association. It has become an enormous success; Champions League now has 4 teams, and athletes ranging from 4-22 years old.

Hosting the games is the group effort of the participants, parents, coaches, and volunteers. Each participant is partnered with a buddy to help keep them safe and assist if needed. Along with local organization such as Easter Seals who have donated special equipment. All individuals with special needs are given an opportunity to participate. Grifford says that watching all the players laugh and enjoy themselves is what ACBA Champions League is all about.

For more information and resources on planning for your loved one with special needs, browse through our website at specialneedsforum.org.